Break dec­o­rat­ing rules

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Dear Deb­bie;

We have in­stalled a very small bath­room in the at­tic, un­der the pitched roof, and would like some ideas on how to dec­o­rate. I’ve heard that light colours make a small space big­ger, but find that quite bor­ing. Thank you. ~ Sean

Dear Sean;

Oh, I do love to break the rules, and most of them don’t hold up in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion any­way. Dark colours shrink a space — not al­ways. Mul­ti­ple pat­terns look too busy. There’s a se­cret to this. No room for plants — there’s al­ways room to in­vite the out­doors in. Have some fun.

This bath­room vi­gnette demon­strates how a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion and a few stylish touches can give a small space big heart. The wall colour is called Rail­ings, from Far­row and Ball’s Jun­gle Col­lec­tion. They have cho­sen a se­lec­tion of shades that evince the drama and seren­ity of nat­u­ral flo­ral and jun­gle habi­tats, from soft rose pinks and greens to misty greys and wa­tery blues. Here, the deep blue/grey paint colour is per­fectly paired with white for a checker­board back­splash, and note the two sizes of tile. The zigzag rug adds an­other pat­tern to the mix, but not too busy as the colours match up. Pots of plants flaunt their var­ie­gated leaves to build a wel­come, homey am­bi­ence against the dra­matic yet neu­tral back­drop. The white wood floor, pale wood shelves and mir­ror frame are a nat­u­ral choice and keep the room feel­ing light and airy.

Choose main fix­tures on the small size. A pedestal sink is a good choice as it lets the eye move past it, push­ing the wall back. Open shelves do the same. Cre­ate your own vi­gnette, be it jun­gle themed or mod­ern chic. Dear Deb­bie;

We have bought a new condo. The ceil­ings are high in the open liv­ing area. We were won­der­ing about adding crown mould­ings? Would they suit a mod­ern space? Do we need to con­tinue the look to the bed­rooms?

~ Clive

Dear Clive;

Dec­o­ra­tive crown mould­ings bring di­men­sion and ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est to a room. They are like the ic­ing on the cake, adding ex­tra flavour and flour­ish to a plain base. Although strongly as­so­ci­ated with tra­di­tional style and older homes, they can be suc­cess­fully ap­plied to a mod­ern space. Con­sider your over­all de­sign. What is your per­sonal pref­er­ence? You can make this room do your bid­ding! If you have con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings with straight lines, choose a mould­ing that is sim­i­larly plain. Check out all the styles at your home store or the in­ter­net — you will be amazed at the se­lec­tion.

Look at ceil­ing trim as well. If your fur­nish­ings are more tra­di­tional, pat­terned, sculpted and even eclec­tic, you can turn to mould­ings that are deeper and pro­vide more de­tail. Rather than pay the price for a deep mould­ing, choose two more eco­nom­i­cal de­signs and layer them. When painted they will blend into one.

Base­boards in new builds are typ­i­cally small. Re­place with a higher trim to match the depth of the crown mould­ing or your room will ap­pear top heavy. The main liv­ing area stands on its own. The bed­rooms can re­main un­adorned, es­pe­cially if the ceil­ing height has dropped. But again, it is your de­sign sense that should lead you. A ro­man­tic bed­room with carved mould­ings, deep base­boards and a ceil­ing cor­nice sur­round­ing a clas­sic chan­de­lier would be mag­i­cal. En­joy turn­ing your new space into the age and style you love.

Feed your imag­i­na­tion with some jun­gle in­spi­ra­tion from Far­row & Ball and see where it takes you.

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